Planning a Christmas party can be stressful, so make things easier on yourself by involving others and starting planning early.
If you're in charge of your family or friend group's annual Christmas party this year, you may be feeling a weight of pressure on your shoulders.
It may seem difficult to cater to everyone's tastes at this event, so follow this handy guide to help you throw a party people will be talking about for years to come.
Pick a theme
It's much easier to plan a streamlined event when you have a theme on which to base it. Ideas can come from things as simple as colour schemes, to more elaborate ideas such as a particular movie or song.
Even if you don't ask your guests to dress to the theme, it can be a great way to help you decide what kind of food, decor, music and activities will feature at your party. For instance, a red and white themed party will not only get you into the swing of Christmas, but also give you direction on menu choices, too. Serve red and white foods such as strawberries and cream, tomato salad with feta and even crayfish if you're feeling particularly lavish!
You could select a certain time period, such as the 1970s, to let your guests reminisce about days gone by and bust out their old bellbottoms. Make a playlist of 70s tunes and decorate your venue with lava lamps and peace signs for a truly memorable event.
Prepare what you can as soon as you can
From the minute you're charged with being the party planner, start thinking about the most efficient ways to prepare for the event. Delegate responsibilities where possible. You could ask a musically minded friend to prepare the evening's playlist for you, while a keen baker could take care of the sweet treats.
Send out your invitations well ahead of time and ask that guests RSVP so you know how many to cater for. It's also a good idea to check whether attendees have any allergies or special dietary requirements so you can cater to these on your menu.